We can't scientifically prove the non-existence of flying spaghetti monsters, teapots in space, invisible unicorns, Santa Claus, or any of the other tropes atheists use in their arguments.
Even evolution cannot technically be proven to be a scientific fact even though it is for all intents and purposes a fact.
And like Dawkins says, we are all atheists in some sense. We're all atheists toward Greek and Norse gods. I don't think being a Zeus agnostic would be a more intellectually respectable position to hold than being a Zeus atheist. Some of us just extend that toward the modern religions.
Anyway, this is not the religion section so that's the last I'll say of that.
Ayn Rand called Jesus Christ the biggest fraud in history and said that the best thing about Christmas was its commercialization. She hated welfare but secretly took welfare under her married name in order to hide that fact. Her hypocrisy is to typical of delusionals who subscribe to those of that social bent.
“... by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord ... I am now, as before, a Catholic and will always remain so.”
--- Adolf Hitler
Ayn Rand is anti-altruistic in an age which has gone to the opposite extreme. Or pretends to have, but is really just more hypocritical. So in honesty she surpasses her critics.
She is a hero-worshipper with leanings towards meritocracy, and resents the exploitation of genii by mediocre people.
Well, I'd say she's entitled to her opinions, however misguided.
The real question for me is: is she boring? No; the opposite: pretty unputdownable. I even managed to enjoy re-reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged a second time, about 40 years after the first.
I don't demand a book must be good art, but I do demand it must not be boring. If it doesn't appeal as art, it may still appeal as intellectually stimulating. Which I think she is, although I don't think her philosophy is going to get the world anywhere. The world is much more subtle than she dreams of.
Read on Rand in Tobias Smith's Old School, difficult, if not totally impossible, to give her any respect after reading that.
Last edited by Kafka's Crow; 08-11-2012 at 10:58 AM.
"The farther he goes the more good it does me. I don’t want philosophies, tracts, dogmas, creeds, ways out, truths, answers, nothing from the bargain basement. He is the most courageous, remorseless writer going and the more he grinds my nose in the sh1t the more I am grateful to him..."
-- Harold Pinter on Samuel Beckett